Here Kitty Kitty - Learn Why Cats Hide

As a cat owner, you've probably found your cat hiding in some of the strangest places imaginable. From the inside of a mattress to the bottom of the clothes hamper, many cats seem to enjoy getting into "tight spots." But what is it about cats that causes them to climb into the strangest places?

What Are You Thinking, Kitty?

You hear something out of the corner of your ear. It sounds like Ashes, your three-year-old Persian. But where is it coming from? You follow the noise through the house, into your bedroom and up to your bed. You pull back the blankets and see no sign of your cat, but now her meowing is louder than ever, and it's no doubt coming from the bed. You pick up your jaw off the ground as you realize your cat is actually inside your mattress. But how, or more importantly, why is your cat hiding?

Cats hide for many reasons. Understanding these reasons won't make it any less humorous or bizarre when you find your cat in your mattress, but at least you'll have an idea why Ashes decided to crawl into your bed, literally.

It's Been a Long Day

Have you ever had one of those days when something bad or stressful happens? We all have. And that feeling you get where you just want to curl into a ball under a blanket - well your cat gets that too. Those beautiful eyes a cat sees the world through interpret the world in very interesting ways. And nobody would blame a cat for feeling stressed after getting chased by a dog that's four times bigger.

That's not all that can stress out a cat. What about when you catch your kitty trying to steal the chicken breasts you have thawing out for dinner? No one can blame you for scolding your kitty in that situation. Just like when a kid gets in trouble and feels bad, so does your cat. In these types of situations, your cat may just want to disappear for a little while. The more secluded, the better.

Not the Life of the Party

We've all seen how unique each cat's personality can be. Some cats are naturally shy, and take a while to warm up to new people and experiences. If you have a cat that's not a natural social butterfly, just the simple act of having people over for dinner can be quite traumatic, especially if there are small children around who may not know proper cat handling etiquette.

In these types of situations, it may be best just to keep your cat safe in a bedroom, since she'd probably end up there anyway. At least this way it won't be because of a tail pull from a three year old, or a supersonic cackle from a loud aunt.

So Many Reasons to Hide

Simply put, cat hiding is a feline instinct. Here are a few more reasons that cats turn invisible:

  • Eye spy. Cats love keeping an eye on you and the rest of their domain. Finding a nice, secluded perch where she can see but not be seen is a kitty favorite.
  • On the hunt. Getting hidden is how cats begin their hunt. If you see your cat appear out of nowhere in a stalking pose, she was hiding somewhere before she got the drop on her prey.
  • Hide and go seek. Hiding can also be an entertaining way to play. Those sneak attacks of batting your leg when you walk by? It's all about a great hiding spot.
  • Time to decompress. Sometimes being alone is just a way to relax. Finding an isolated hiding spot makes sure that alone time is less likely to be broken.

Hiding is as much a part of a cat's nature as anything they do. So the next time you find your cat in the dryer, you can feel good knowing that she's not weird or strange - she's just being a cat.